Monitor stands are one of those necessary evils in the studio. They’re probably the boringest thing in the world to buy, but if you don’t have a good, solid stand for your monitors, you’ll have excessive vibration that will color your sound.
There two really important things to consider when looking into monitor stands. #1, they need to be secure. The last thing you want is for your stands to be wobbly and fall over when someone bumps them. It would really suck to break your monitor on someone’s foot. #2, density is crucial. The denser the better. You want to eliminate vibration. When building monitor stands, there are a few things you can do to accomplish this. The two most common are either filling them with lead pellets or sand. Sand is messier, a bit less dense, and a whole lot cheaper, so it is what I used.
To get started, I needed a platform for the monitors and a base for the floor. For my bases, I purchased 14” particleboard circles. Why? Because they were on sale for $2 each. For the platforms I used 12”x10” rectangles that I had leftover from a previous project.
I then purchased 4 toilet brackets and two 40” lengths of 4” PVC pipe. The reason I went with the toilet brackets is because the 4” pipe fits perfectly around it. Since the brackets were ABS and the pipe was PVC, I made sure to find the right glue and connected a bracket to each end of the pipes.
Now, measured out exactly where the brackets needed to be mounted on the bases and platforms. Once you have drawn your lines, you can start drilling. If you have a drill press, countersinking the bolts is ideal to ensure your stands will be correctly ballanced. Once the holes have been drilled, attach the toilet brackets to the bases and platforms.
Once everything had been attached, I painted the bases and platforms with a flat black. You could wait to the end, but I figured it would be better to paint everything before pouring in the sand.
Once the paint is dry, glue your 4″ PVC pipe onto the bases. You’ll want to let the glue cure over night. Once it’s dry, fill the tubes with sand. Once they are full, you can glue on the platforms.
Now that everything has been assembled, give it another coat of paint, add some felt feet to the bottom to keep them ballanced, and you’re ready to move them into your studio. You’ll want to add a foam pad between the monitors and the stands so that the monitors sit securely on the stands. I used foam stickers that came with the monitors.
Here is the final product with a Mackie monitor on it.
This entire project cost less than $30 and the stands work great! Let me know what you think of the design. If you try out this project, post your final pictures below. Until next time, happy building!
-“Guitar Guy” Tim